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Furisprudence: Our Pets and the Law

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

School of Law, Moot Courtroom
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Join the Animal Law Society for a program on the intersectionality of animals and the law. Pets have become an integral part of our families and this has been reflected in recent years under the law. And yet many people are not aware of the protections provided for our four-legged family members. How do I provide for my pet in my will? Who gets the pet in the event of a divorce? What are my options regarding my pet if I need to leave an abusive situation? What is the connection between child and animal abuse?

All of these questions, and more, will be answered by four wonderful speakers. Professor Ashley Dobbs will discuss providing for our pets in wills and trusts. Professor Allison Tait will discuss pet custody and the issues arising from it. Senior Assistant Attorney General, and Director of the Animal Law Unit, Michelle Welch will discuss the connection between child and animal abuse. And Rachael Kaufman, Community Outreach Specialist for the Greater Richmond YWCA, will discuss animals as tools of violence against victims by their abusers and the options for victims and their pets when leaving an abusive relationship.

This event is co-sponsored by the Richmond Women’s Law Society and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society. Snacks and beverages will be provided. A meet and greet/social hour will follow from 5-6 p.m. 2 CLE credits approved.

Contact: Rachel Snead